Just Say No: Prohibitions Against Havaleh Between the US and Iran

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PAAIA in 2008 – Reflecting on our 1st Year Accomplishments

January 15, 2009, Washington, D.C.In August of 2007 when its Interim Board of Directors and Executive Director were appointed, PAAIA was no more than an idea, be it a compelling one as reflected in PAAIA’s Prospectus. After building the organization’s infrastructure, PAAIA was publicly launched on April 28, 2008.

Since then, in a relatively short period of eight months, we have made significant strides towards realizing the uniquely promising opportunity that PAAIA represents for uniting our community and further empowering Iranian Americans in the public arena. In fact, we are proud of PAAIA’s many significant accomplishments in 2008: the Merger of PAAIA and IAPAC, the video Profiles of Iranian Americans, the unprecedented national Surveys of Iranian Americans and American Perceptions of Iranian Americans, and our significant Support to the Campaigns of 18 members of Congress and many Iranian American candidates for public office. In 2008, PAAIA also acted as a credible information source for and about Iranian Americans, celebrating their achievements and contributions to America and facilitating greater understanding of our community and its Persian heritage, culminating the year with PAAIA’s membership at large electing a New Board of Directors.

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Goli Ameri Gives Farewell Speech About Public Diplomacy

January 14, 2009, Washington, D.C. – “When I came to the United States to attend Stanford University, I was one of [about] 100,000 international students [in] the U.S. Among the myriad of things I learned was the value of freedom and democracy, the fundamentals of critical thinking, the questioning of ideas and a profound sense of empowerment. I learned that it’s okay to be a woman; it’s okay to be an immigrant, and most importantly, it’s okay to be a dreamer. Where else in the world would a first generation immigrant be nominated as an Assistant Secretary of State?”

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Rick Steves’ Iran: Yesterday and Today

Join Rick as he explores the most surprising and fascinating land he’s ever visited: Iran. In a one-hour, ground-breaking travel special on public television, you’ll discover the splendid monuments of Iran’s rich and glorious past, learn more about the 20th-century story of this perplexing nation, and experience Iranian life today in its historic capital and in a countryside village. Most important, you’ll meet the people of this nation whose government so exasperates our own.

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Sign Up for a Service Project on Martin Luther King Day

On Monday January 19th, thousands of Americans will celebrate Martin Luther King Day by performing volunteer activities to help others in their communities. As Iranian-Americans, this is a wonderful chance to give back to our communities. You can find existing service projects to join in your neighborhood or you can organize your own project.  Read More





What You Can D0



As a grassroots organization, we count on you to play an essential and indispensible role in determining the organization’s direction. At its very core, PAAIA belongs to the Iranian American community.



We are always looking for committed local members who serve as PAAIA’s representatives.



Let us know what you think about PAAIA and what issues you want PAAIA to focus on. We seek to represent your views as they pertain to matters of domestic interest or  concern for Iranian Americans.





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To inform the public as to where members of Congress stand on issues of importance to the Iranian American community, PAAIA has compiled a Congressional Scorecard.

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We invite you to Become a Member of PAAIA and support this historic initiative to create an effective Iranian American voice that truly represents our community.

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